Natural energy introduction targets
Kirin Brewery has set a target of increasing the ratio of renewable energy in the power purchased at its plants
to 50% in 2030 and has started taking action to achieve that.
Lion is aiming to realize its production with 100% renewable electricity by 2025. Lion acquired its first large-scale carbon neutral certification in Australia in May 2020.
CO2-free hydroelectric power
Since April 2017, Kirin Brewery’s Toride Plant and Kirin Beverage’s Shonan Plant started using CO2-free hydroelectric power in a portion of purchased power. The plants are taking advantage of Aqua Premium, the Japan-first option offered by TEPCO Energy Partner to supply only hydroelectric power.
By using hydro-electric power, which does not emit CO2 at the time of power generation, they will contribute to global warming countermeasures. This is the first example of the use of this option by any factory in Japan, not just in the food and beverages industry.
In 2019 results, CO2-free hydroelectric power accounted for approximately 71% of purchased power at the Toride Plant and approximately 34% at the Shonan Plant.
In January 2020, Kyowa Kirin’s Takasaki Plant also began using CO2-free hydroelectric power, which is the first case in the pharmaceuticals manufacturing business.
Green Heat and Green Power Certificates
The Kirin Group has started the introduction of the Green Heat Certificate at Kirin Brewery’s Kobe Plant, which is equivalent to the heat consumption of fossil fuel, and the Green Power Certificate at Chateau Mercian, which is equivalent to the entire electricity consumption.
We have also been sponsoring the Yokohama City Wind Power Generation Project which Yokohama City promotes using the Green Power Certification System, as a Y (Yokohama)-Green Partner since 2007, supporting the promotion of the use of natural energy. So far, the power generated by this project has been used by Kokoniwa, the communication space at Group Head Office, Spring Valley Brewery Tokyo and the Earth Hour hosted by WWF.
Solar power generation
Manufacturing plants, including those of Kirin Brewery and Kirin Beverage, have installed solar-power generation equipment in their factory tour facilities and other locations.
As part of the Kanagawa Prefectural Governments’ Thin-Film Solar Cell Promotion and Expansion Project, Kirin Brewery Yokohama Plant installed a thin-film solar cell in 2016. The Kirin Brewery Yokohama Plant, Kyowa Hakko Bio, and Shinshu Beverage have leased parts of their premises and building roofs to companies that build large-scale solar power generation facilities, contributing both to effective use of company assets and to dissemination of natural energy.
Initiatives taken by Lion
Lion announced that it became Australia’s first large-scale carbon neutral certified brewer in May 2020. This builds on existing strong commitments and strong performance in direct carbon emission reduction across our entire supply chain.
The strategy employed has been to firstly assess our footprint through measurement of our carbon emissions, reduce our emissions through implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and offset the remaining emissions where there is no direct control to reduce or avoid emissions.
This initiative has reduced GHG emissions by 28% from 2015 levels. Lion has also announced its commitment to source 100% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2025.
This will be achieved through continuing to investigate opportunities for renewable energy utilization at our breweries and further Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).
In 2019, a solar photovoltaic system was completed and operation has started at Castlemaine Brewery, a leading beer XXXX Gold brewery in Brisbane, Queensland. Between June 2019 and December 2019 the solar panels have reduced carbon emissions by 517 tonnes.
A solar photovoltaic system is also planned for Little Creatures Geelong in Victoria, the system is 650 kW and is expected to reduce Little Creatures Geelong’s carbon emissions by 955 tonnes per year (25% of CO2 emissions from electricity). The installation and commissioning of this system is planned for July 2020.